During labor with ds 2 years ago I got a really horrific labial hematoma. It involved both the inner and outer labia and was just huge. It occured about 30 hours after my induction was started (no way am I doing that again), and about 6 hours before ds was born. At the moment the OB and CNM both said it was a latex allergic reaction. I caved and got the epidural 100% b/c of the pain of the hematoma, not because of my labor. After some time passed it finally became clear what it really was. The hematoma remained, with not much change inside until ds was almost 2 weeks old when it finally resolved itself.
My CNM and OB had never seen a hematoma happen b/c of labor, though both said that they had learned about it in school. However, they'd never even heard of one happening before the baby was pushed out. The midwife I'm going to now said the same thing.
I am *so* incredibly scared of this happening again now that I'm pregnant again. It was so awful to spend the first week and a half of ds's life in such pain. I want to know why it happened and what I can do about it. The only things I can attribute it to are 1) the induction and 2) spending so much time on the birth ball. I'm ecspecially afraid it will happen again since I had a mini-reoccurance last year after having sex while I had a bit of a yeast infection. I'm starting to think that any time my labia experience any trauma this will happen.
Anyone else experience this? Any midwives have any advice?